The real work of intentional collaboration

ENABLE is a coalition of state high schools in Logan and the Scenic Rim providing strategic opportunities for improved educational outcomes. This is a unique event where the best practice from each of 12 participating schools will be showcased. The focus of the conference is to provide excellent professional development opportunities to educational practitioners that work in an area that boasts such a vibrant and varied range of learners. Overarching our work is the Education Queensland focus of intentional collaboration, where we believe you will see, in action, our response to growing deep and sustainable learning partnerships as we provide our students with a life of ‘choice over chance’.

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You can catch the bus from a variety of locations to the Nathan campus. Visit Translink to plan your trip. Our free shuttle bus service between the Mt Gravatt and Nathan campuses departs the Circuit outside the Bray Centre at Nathan and from the bus stop behind the Auditorium at Mt Gravatt.


There are a number of train stations surrounding Nathan campus and bus routes to the university that link with these stations. The closest train station to Nathan and Mt Gravatt campus is Salisbury, which is west of both campuses and about 12 minutes by bus. Visit Translink to plan your trip.


On-campus visitor parking is available with a parking permit. A limited amount of visitor parking permits have been allocated to your school. This information will be sent out closer to the date. Please contact your school for further information about the parking permits. If you do not receive a parking permit, casual parking is available for $6 from our parking meters

Keynote speaker

Li Cunxin AO

Director of the Queensland Ballet and 2019 recipient of the Order of Australia.

Li is one of the most powerful speakers of our generation.

Presenter bio's

Jessica Briggs

Jessica Briggs is especially passionate about creating positive change and transformative growth through meaningful programs and roles in the school that engage and empower at risk and vulnerable youth. She currently teaches at Park Ridge SHS where she draws from her extensive experience as a primary and secondary Dance and Drama teacher. Graduating from QUT with BCI-Dance/Drama B.Ed Hons (Secondary), Jessica is known for transforming culture through the Performing Arts by engaging with the local community to invest and support school programs, creating a compelling identity and sense of belonging in her classroom, as well as through her co-curricular Dance Troupe Program. Jessica’s innovative mindset has led to the development and implementation of a dance program at Wacol Youth Detention Centre, and brought the Performing Arts to Child Rescue Homes in Cambodia - which has helped restore joy and stability in these children’s lives. Jessica believes in developing capability for both staff and schools to embed the Arts. She has developed and implemented sustainable cross-arts and cross-subject curriculum resources, teaching primary educators the skills they need to succeed in the 21 st century classroom. Her work as co-project officer for Ausdance Educators Queensland exemplifies her determination to continue to upskill and inspire teachers in the development of programs, conferences and presentations.

Marney Brown

Marney Brown is a Professional Educator who has demonstrated exceptional teaching competence in her career as a Secondary Education Teacher. Marney is the Lead Mentor at Loganlea State High School. She is passionate about supporting beginner teachers in their early career. Marney leads a staff culture in which senior teachers and leaders provide the support and guidance that allow beginning teachers to flourish. She has established the Mentoring Early Career Teachers Program from the ground up that is widely recognised as a World class program and a model of best practice. The program is based around the fundamentals she believes are required for a successful transition into this great profession: Time – Provide teachers with the time to reflect, the time to develop; Resources – Provide high quality internal and external professional development; and Support – A supportive leadership team, supportive mentors and supportive peers.

Marney is also an advocate for nature-based learning across all curriculum areas. She bases this on extensive research about the benefits of spending time in natural outdoor settings for learning, engagement and well-being as well as improving engagement in classroom learning environments. Marney attended Griffith University where she completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education (Health and Physical Education and SOSE – Geography) with Honours.

Arthur Cowell

Arthur Cowell has been teaching for 11 years and is currently the Dean of Students Seniors for Browns Plains SHS. Originating from England, Arthur completed a BAhns (Bachelor of Arts with honours) in Sport and Recreation development at Leeds Metropolitan University during 2004- 2007. He obtained his PGCE (M) (Post Graduate Certificate of Education with Masters) Physical Education in 2009 from Durham University. Arthur was appointed HoD HPE at Consett Academy in 2013. While in that role he worked collaboratively with the Youth Sports Trust to increase access to sport, leadership and coaching opportunities across County Durham Schools. In 2015 Arthur was part of the County Durham Working Party which looked at raising attainment and improving teaching and learning practices across HPE in the partner schools. Arthur also acted as an Initial Teacher Training Mentor for Shotton College providing PD and in school placements for HPE Students in conjunction with his role at Consett Academy. Arthur moved to Australia in October 2017 and has continued his professional learning by moving into the Dean of Students role at BPSHS and exploring the interrelationships between student wellbeing, teaching and learning and attainment.

Stuart Douglas

Stuart Douglas started his career as an English & ICT teacher in Townsville in the early 2000’s. Born in Tasmania he moved to Brisbane in the mid 90’s where he attended Griffith University attaining his Bachelor of Education.

Stuart has worked in a range of roles in his time in EQ including ICT coordinator, Adult educator, Technology HOD and Deputy Principal. Stuart has been DP of the Junior School for 6 years at Park Ridge State high School.

Driven by the belief that all students can achieve and all teachers can be great teachers, Stuart is focused on improving student outcomes by building staff capacity, improving pedagogical practice and developing expert curriculum delivery.

Dr. Donna Harvey

Dr. Donna Harvey is a Deputy Principal at Beenleigh State High School. She has worked extensively in education in both the university and secondary schooling sector. Donna has a Bachelor of Arts from Griffith University, a Graduate Diploma in Education from University of Queensland, a Masters of Social Planning and Development from University of Queensland and a PhD from Queensland University of Technology. Donna has worked closely with University of Melbourne for the past three years focusing on a Reading Project which assisted Beenleigh State High achieving the 7th most improved school on NAPLAN results in 2019. She is currently working on the Assessing Complex Competencies Project with University of Melbourne, enabling students to exit their secondary education with a digital micro-credential in 21st Century skills. Based on her knowledge of the education system, Donna is currently conducting post-doctoral research in education leadership.

Lara Lee

Lara Lee began teaching in 2010. She started her career at Marsden State High School as a Health and Physical Education and English teacher. After 8 years at Marsden, Lara made her way to Woodridge State High School where she is currently Head of Department - English. Lara Lee studied her undergraduate degree, Bachelor of Education – Secondary – majoring in Health and Physical Education and English at Griffith University, Mt Gravatt Campus. From here, Lara has: lead in the classroom; re-engaged the disengaged; lead departments and continues to develop herself as a leader through vulnerability. Lara is an International referee for football and works for Football Federation Australia.

Stacey Lloyd

Stacey Lloyd holds a Masters Degree in Counselling, Bachelor of Psychology and Graduate Diploma in Education (Primary). She has been a Clinical Psychotherapist over the past two decades specialising in Childhood traumas and Special Needs and has presented on the topic at International Conferences. For the past 5 years Stacey has been a Special Education Teacher in both Primary and High School Contexts and currently Co-ordinates the wellbeing and behaviour of students in a Special Education program (7-10).

Ashleigh Mitchels

Ashleigh Mitchels is an English and Humanities teacher at Mabel Park State High School. Ashleigh enjoys being able to explore her passions for the English curriculum, digital pedagogies and innovative teaching practices within the pilot program she leads with Renae, The iMPact Project. With experience in working with students with disabilities to gifted and talented U2B classes, Ashleigh is excited about the future of teaching and learning underpinned by the development of 21st century competencies.

Jess Murphy

Jess Murphy (BA Japanese/Politics, Grad Dip. Education (Middle Years), Grad Dip Modern Languages (Japanese)) is Head of Literacy and Library at Windaroo Valley State High School and leads literacy intervention, Junior Secondary curriculum and resourcing as part of her multifaceted position. Current nominee for USC Alumni Rising Star Award for 2019, Jess is passionate about Middle Years education and has spent much of her teaching career working within, and leading programs aimed at bridging literacy gaps. She has also established, lead and sustained Japanese language programs in the Northern Territory and Queensland including tertiary entrance pathways for Japanese and exchange tours to Kansai, an area Jess lived in during her studies at the University of the Sunshine Coast and University of New England. Jess’ infectious passion for improving literacy and engagement in Junior Secondary is the driving force in her success leading Corrective English, an intervention model aimed at aiding the transition of low performing students entering high school.

Carolyn Prince

Carolyn Prince is an experienced senior teacher with a particular interest in supporting gifted students. Carolyn graduated with her Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (Secondary) through Griffith University in 2003 and this year will complete her Masters of Education: School Guidance and Counselling (Careers) through QUT. Her role at Kingston State College coordinating GATE has seen her establish and maintain a range of programs for high ability and high performing students. In 2019, she presented three sessions at the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children World Conference in Nashville, USA on building programs, underperformance and twiceexceptionality. Carolyn’s advocacy for gifted education in low SES schools has ensured the suitability of GATE opportunities at Kingston State College, and she hopes to share this with other schools.

Jennifer Shek

Jennifer Shek teaches Business, Indonesian, Science and VET at SSHS. She graduated with the LLB (Joint Honours) Law and Accounting degree from the Queen’s University of Belfast, Northern Ireland. She qualified as an Australian CPA and completed her MBA at Southern Cross University, NSW. Jennifer became a registered teacher after obtaining a GradDip in Education from the University of Queensland.

Jennifer speaks and writes Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese, Fukienese), Indonesian and Malaysian proficiently. Prior to teaching at SSHS, her life experience included working at top accounting firms of KPMG Peat Marwick in Singapore and Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu in Sydney. She had also been employed at Hewlett Packard Singapore, at Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange and as a part-time lecturer with several Malaysian colleges.

Michael Smith

Michael Smith is an education leader in Queensland and leads a positive and multilayered recruitment, retention and staff development program.In 2019, Michael was recognised out of an applicant pool of over 3500 as one of 12 Schools Plus/Commonwealth Bank National Teaching awards and fellowship recipients for his work in teacher development and support. In 2018, Michael won the prestigious QUT Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence for the partnership he has built between Marsden State High School and QUT.

Michael is passionate about helping teachers reach their potential and providing opportunities and support to do so.

He has a strong interest in mentoring early career teachers and developing teacher support programs and pedagogical training frameworks. Michael began and implemented the widely acclaimed Beginning Teachers Mentoring Program at Marsden State High School.

Candace Kruger

Candace is a proud Aboriginal woman and traditional owner of the Yugambeh language region. Her family are the Kombumerri (Gold Coast) and Ngughi (Moreton Island) people.

Candace is a Yugambeh yarabilgingan (song woman), the author of Yugambeh Talga: Music Traditions of the Yugambeh People and founder and director of the Yugambeh Youth Choir.

The Yugambeh Youth Choir are the first Indigenous Youth Choir of its kind for the Gold Coast and Logan regions and have performed at the 2015 NRL Indigenous All Stars, the Launch of National Reconciliation Week 2015, the International Careers Conference and the Closing Ceremony of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Her volunteer work for revitalizing Indigenous languages in community is also widely acknowledged. She was the 2016 Winner of the QLD Reconciliation Award – Communities Division, the 2017 Winner of the Gold Coast NAIDOC Awards - community volunteer and in 2018 was a baton bearer for the 2018 Queens Baton Relay.

Candace is an accomplished music educator. During her 24 years as a Music Teacher, she has held the position of Director of Music Knox Grammar School, conducted the Adelaide JSHAA choral festival, the National Anthem for the GC Indy 500, the NRL Indigenous All Stars and achieved the Aggregate award for Junior Choirs at the Gold Coast Eisteddfod several times.

Candace is currently the Head of Department Indigenous Education at Beenleigh State High School and is creating change for Indigenous students across the region.